Funding granted for Allotments and Community Garden
Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre Development Trust was this week awarded almost £70,000 to
develop both an allotment site and community garden.
14:11 Sat 03/04/2010
The sum comes from Round 7 of the Climate Challenge Fund, a grant scheme which will
distribute a total of £27.4 million over the three years, 2008-2011, to community groups
aiming to reduce carbon emissions, with this project aiming to save up to 25 tonnes of carbon
each year, through the reduction of 'food miles'.
The allotments will be developed at a site adjacent to Johnston Road, near the Ferry Terminal
on Rousay. Each allotment is expected to consist of a small shed, composting bin and water
butt, with a polytunnel, and a community shed providing various sets of gardening tools and
equipment, such as a rotavator and eco-friendly mower, for the allotment owners to use.
News of successful funding for the allotment project is anticipated to be well-received,
with two-thirds of households in the area expressing an interest in allotment gardening
when surveyed last summer. Only households in Johnstons Road and Pier Houses will be
elegible to use the allotments, with an Allotment Society set up for those who take up this
The Community Garden will include a polytunnel and is to be accessible by all members of the
community, including those who are less agile. It will be positioned within the grounds of
Rousay Community School, providing an excellent setting for school pupils as they learn about
growing their own fruit and vegetables. It is hoped that any produce gained from the project
can be used for both school meals and the over-60s' weekly Lunch Club, as well as various
community events held throughout the year.
Seedlings produced by the Community Garden will be available for free distribution amongst
the community, acting as an incentive for those who are yet to delve into the world of
Part of the funding will be used to employ a gardener to the project, initially until March
2011, who will be able to give hands-on, practical demonstrations for anyone looking to start
growing their own produce, and will be responsible for the initial development of the
This is not the first time that the Development Trust has benefitted from the Climate
Challenge Fund - in December 2009, the Trust was granted just under £40,000 from Round 6
of the funding, for an 'Affordable Warmth' project. The venture aimed to improve insulation
and energy efficiency, resulting in a reduced carbon footprint by 76.95 tonnes per year.
Meanwhile, the Development Trust was unsuccessful in its attempts to get funding for a new,
electrically-powered community minibus. The Trust had hoped to be granted money from the
Climate Challenge Fund to purchase the new minibus, as well as for the development of a
website to encourage car-sharing for both local and longer distances.